Written Question: Geographical indication protection system for non-agricultural products
(Source: European Parliament)
Date submitted: 7 June 2021
Question for written answer E-001481/2021
to the Commission
Dita Charanzová (Renew)
Subject: Geographical indication protection system for non-agricultural products
On 25 November 2020, the Commission adopted the Action Plan on Intellectual Property to support the EU’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Its aim is to strengthen the protection of agricultural geographical indications (GIs). However, an EU-level protection system for non-agricultural GIs, including traditional products such as Bohemian crystal or Solingen cutlery, is still only being considered.
Last year, a European Parliamentary Research Service study found that introducing an EU scheme for non-agricultural products would increase bilateral exports by 4.9 – 6.6 %, create up to 338 000 new jobs in the EU, and boost rural development through the direct support of locally-based producers, overall benefiting intra-EU trade.
The Commission has been studying this possibility for years, with a green paper in 2014 and several subsequent studies, and Parliament has been vocally in favour of it submitting a legislative proposal on this matter.
- How does the Commission plan to organise this process? When does it expect to launch an impact assessment and stakeholder consultations?
- How is it dealing with this matter regarding international trade agreements, namely the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights?